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Old 02-04-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Anthony Johnson vs. Andrei Arlovski (WSOF 2)

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What started out as a one-off, see-how-it-goes relationship is now a commitment.

The upstart World Series of Fighting today announced a new three-year partnership with NBC Sports Network, which broadcast its inaugural event this past November.

The first event to be televised under the new agreement will take place March 23, as MMAjunkie.com ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ]) earlier reported, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Sources close to the event said a heavyweight bout between ex-UFC champ Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and Anthony Johnson (14-4) is set as the headliner.

The TV deal calls for a minimum of six events, which will air live and stream on NBCSports.com.

"We are thrilled to call NBC Sports Network the home of World Series of Fighting," stated WSOF President Ray Sefo. "This partnership will allow us to build the World Series of Fighting brand of world-class MMA competition before a dedicated national audience of passionate sports fans and place our athletes on the big stage that they deserve."

WSOF struck a one-fight, time-buy deal with NBC Sports Network this past fall, paying for the right to air its first event, which featured Arlovski vs. Devin Cole in its headliner.

Afterward, WSOF officials were optimistic about a continued relationship, but could not say whether the event would propel the promotion to a long-term deal.

Today's announcement brings the answer to that question.

NBC Sports Network is available in over 80 million households and is the cable TV home of the National Hockey League, Summer and Winter Olympics and Major League Soccer, among other sports properties.

Arlovski and Johnson turned in a highlight-reel performances at WSOF's inaugural event. Johnson knocked out Bellator vet D.J. Linderman, while Arlovski stopped Cole. Both bouts ended in the first round.

For Johnson, the win was his fourth straight since he was released from the UFC after missing weight and then losing to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142. Scheduled to compete at 185 pounds, he was advised by doctors to stop shedding pounds due to dehydration and hit the scales at 197.

Johnson then hit the regional circuit, where he first fought at 195 pounds and then made his debut at light heavyweight, where he has stopped his three past opponents.

Arlovski, who won the UFC title in 2005 and was dethroned one year later, has won four of his past five bouts. A no contest against Tim Sylvia, who took his belt, split his wins.

This past December, Arlovski outpointed Mike Hayes at "Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9." He has stopped three of his past five opponents following a four-fight skid that led to his exit from the now-defunct Strikeforce.
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Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam
Paulo Filho vs. Dave Branch
Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl
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I wonder if he will miss weight this time to?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Wow, so he is a heavyweight now. That says alot about the risks he was willing to take with his career, his body and his eagerness to have a huge weight advantage come fight time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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Arlovski can still punch. Rumble might get his ****ing lights turned out!
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Arlovski can still punch. Rumble might get his ****ing lights turned out!
Wanna bet?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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One minute Rumble is going to heavy?!!?!? I still cannot fathom how this guy ever made 170. In between fights iv seen him as high as 240. He's foooking massive. Now after moving to middleweight, missing weight and moving to 205 he's going to jump to heavy? Insane.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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170 - how did that ever happen!

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:53 PM   #8
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I wouldn't be surprised if Arlovski stops him he got huge balls for taking the fight
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:47 PM   #9
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Overeem diet? He trains with him now... I'm saying nothing!

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Old 02-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #11
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Overeem diet? He trains with him now... I'm saying nothing!

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Nah..Overeem was always rail thin in the early days down at 205. This guy has ALWAYS been a beast even when he was down at 170. And somehow squeezed himself into 170 even though he's a natural 220lb plus man. I'm surprised his kidneys just didnt fall out of his back at the weigh in when he was down at welter.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:23 PM   #12
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Dudes an animal point blank. Dems some serious nigguh genetics.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:47 PM   #13
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Yeah - I'm a big fan of Rumble anyway. I really don't like the idea of betting against him. I want to see him win and come back to the UFC and fight Jones.
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I can't wait for him to come in bigger than Arlovski.

Tho that comment I just made may be a joke, nothing is impossible with AJ.

I hope AA KO's him brutally.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #15
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I think Johnson needs to get his head straight and his weight straight and his training straight because he is big, strong, powerful, fast, good striker and wrestler. Thats a brilliant foundation to become something in MMA.
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